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by Herb Alpert & the Tijuana BrassHerb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass


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Yes, Herb Alpert did indeed record an album in 1984 under the name Tijuana Brass for the first time in nine years -- and in fact, he took a Tijuana Brass contingent on tour that year with four of the original bandmembers on hand. But this album has nothing to do with the old TJB, for the music is the same high-tech pop of the 1980s that Alpert had been mostly purveying since "Rise," and with synths galore, a frantic electronic dance beat on many numbers, and none of the original Brass on the sessions. No wonder, for the arranger is John Barnes, who had worked for the Jacksons (Alpert was no fool; the Jacksons' sound was never hotter). About all that remains of the TJB is Alpert's familiar trumpet, which often hearkens back to his '60s manner in this gleaming setting. The best moments are the whomping title track, the hyperactive "Struttin' on Five," and the optimistic "Life Is My Song." But to call this a "Tijuana Brass" album is bordering on consumer fraud for the faithful -- though on its own terms, it is a fairly live slice of '80s pop.

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Product Details

Release Date: 02/24/2017
Label: Herb Alpert Presents
UPC: 0814647021645
catalogNumber: 70216
Rank: 36552


  1. Bullish
  2. Always Have a Dream (Pour Le Coeur, A Mon Pere)
  3. Make a Wish
  4. Maniac
  5. Struttin' on Five
  6. Love Without Words
  7. Passion Play
  8. Life Is My Song

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass   Primary Artist
Herb Alpert   Voices
Lani Hall   Voices
Andy Armer   Keyboards
John Barnes   Keyboards
Marva King   Voices
Derek Nakamoto   Keyboards,Voices
Bill Griffin   Voices

Technical Credits

Herb Alpert   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Michael Sembello   Composer
Andy Armer   Arranger,Composer
John Barnes   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Robert DeLaGarza   Engineer
Dennis Matkosky   Composer
Paul McKenna   Engineer
Randy Badazz   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Dana Barry   Composer
Norman Moore   Art Direction
Richard Frankel   Art Direction
Bill Griffin   Composer
Jerry Kramer   Personal Direction
Jimmie Cameron   Composer

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